26 May 2005 | Liam O'Brien
The Department of Trade and Industry has revamped its procurement to give it a bigger say in the ministry's operations.
Bill Tipping, formerly head of purchasing, is the new head of procurement at the department.
He is supported by Andy Timms, who joins as assistant director. He was previously at the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), where he was senior procurement manager.
And three senior procurement managers have been appointed to the central team responsible for procurement policy.
Irene Morris joins from the Home Office, where she was senior contracts manager.
Liz Quantrell was previously with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Darrin Hook moves from the Department of Health.
Procurement now comes under the department's finance resource management function.
The DTI, like other government departments, must meet the savings targets set out in Sir Peter Gershon's efficiency review (see News
, 4 March 2004 and News
, 22 July 2004).
Tipping said procurement now has a much wider remit and is being "re-energised" by these changes.
"We have thousands of suppliers and our focus will be on what value for money we get from our billion-pound spend at the moment and improving on it."
He added that the team's aim is to get better value for money from the department's supply base and develop closer links with the Treasury, the OGC and the wider non-departmental public bodies.